How Realistic Is a New NFL Developmental League?

June 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There's a giant, gaping hole in the middle of the football world.
NFL teams are desperate for young quarterbacks who break down defenses from under center, offensive linemen who drive-block from a three-point stance and linebackers who cover slot receivers as well as they fill run gaps.
The league has a crying need for young officials who have the game experience to work alongside the salty old pros—and who will eventually replace them. There's also an increasing gulf between college-track coaches and pro-track coaches. The college game is increasingly about wooing top recruits and finding ways to help their raw athleticism shine, not obsessively scheming for countless week-to-week matchup scenarios.
There's an easy way to fill the gap: a developmental league.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora recently reported a D-league could become a "front-burner issue" this year, almost a decade after NFL Europa folded in 2007. But while the need for such a league is arguably ...

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